Friday, 14 December 2018


Five container shipping companies intend to create an association with the purpose of paving the way for digitalization, standardization and interoperability in the container shipping industry.

IT executives from MSC, A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, and Ocean Network Express are currently discussing the creation of common information technology standards which shall be openly available and free of charge for all stakeholders of the wider container shipping industry.
“It’s in the customers' and all stakeholders’ best interest, if container shipping companies operate with a common set of information technology standards”, says André Simha, CIO of MSC and spokesperson of the group.
“We are striving for less red tape and better transparency. The timing is right, as emerging technologies create new customer friendly opportunities. Together, we gain traction in delivering technological breakthroughs and services to our customers compared to working in our own closed silos”, he adds.
A need for a neutral and non-profit association
Whilst the shipping industry already has multiple organizations and associations, the members of the group identified a need for a neutral and non-profit body for ocean carriers that is driven by delivering benefits for the industry and its stakeholders.
“That is why we will also welcome new members with open arms to join the association”, Simha concludes.
The association has no intent of developing or operating any digital platform, but aims to ensure interoperability through standardization. Similarly, the association will not discuss any commercial or operational matters.
Fact box: Participants of discussions
  • A.P. Moller - Maersk: Adam Banks, Chief Technology & Information Officer
  • CMA CGM: Madhana Kumar, Vice President, Transformation, Data & Digital
  • Hapag-Lloyd: Martin Gnass, Managing Director Information Technology
  • MSC Group: André Simha, Chief Information Officer
  • Ocean Network Express: Noriaki Yamaga, Managing Director, Corporate & Innovation
Fact box: About the plans
  • To establish a neutral and non-profit association
  • Purpose is to pave the way for digitalization and standardization in the industry
  • All ocean carriers are invited to join the association once it is established
  • MSC, A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, and ONE intend to become members
  • Operating as from early 2019 (Subject to any applicable regulatory requirements)
  • The association will comply with all legal and regulatory requirements
For further information, accredited journalists may contact:
Giles Broom
Global PR Manager
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.
+41 (0)22 703 9886
Maria Steffensen
PR Manager on behalf of the association
+45 2090 7463

About MSC
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. is a global leader in transportation and logistics, privately owned and founded in 1970 by Gianluigi Aponte. As one of the world’s leading container shipping lines, MSC operates 480 offices across 155 countries worldwide with over 70,000 employees. With access to an integrated network of road, rail and sea transport resources which stretches across the globe, the company prides itself on delivering global service with local knowledge. MSC’s shipping line sails on more than 200 trade routes, calling at over 500 ports.
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